San Francisco’s Best Parks to Enjoy While Karl the Fog is Away

Posted on September 29, 2017 |

Quick, you only have until Karl the Fog returns to really take advantage of  seven of the best parks in San Francisco! Hop onto one of our e-bikes to explore more 🚲💨

By Leila N’Amara

1. The Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

Nestled between the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum and the Japanese Tea Gardens sits the Music Concourse. The Spreckles Temple of Music dominates the landscape and the trees, London plane trees, help bounce music back towards the band shell. BUT KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED — THERE ARE FAIRYS LIVING IN THESE TREES! Will you be able to find the hidden fairy door??

2. Alamo Square Park in Alamo Square

What ever happened to predictability? The milk man? The paper boy? Evening TV? They’re all waiting for you at Alamo Square Park — home to the infamous Painted Ladies! This park sits perched atop a hill overlooking the most iconic Victorian homes in San Francisco with the downtown skyline dotting the background. Will you be able visit without playing the “Full House” theme song??

3. Stern Grove in the Sunset District

On the far Western side of San Francisco is a park so hidden, you might not even notice driving past it. Signmund Stern Grove’s Concert Meadow sees up to 20,000 visitors in the summer months while the COMPLETELY FREE Stern Grove Festival takes place. But outside of the free festival, this 33 acre grove of eucalyptus and redwoods is a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco.

4. Mission Dolores Park in the Mission District

Arguably one of San Francisco’s most popular parks. At least among locals and transplants. Since the Mission District is one of the sunniest neighborhoods in San Francisco, people flock to this palm tree filled oasis. Prime people watching as folks sunbathe on the grass, kids play on the newly remodeled playground and Serena Williams challenges locals on the tennis courts!

5. Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley

Here’s one that you’re not likely to find in the guide books! Patricia’s Green has only been around since 2005. The location was originally a part of the Central Freeway, which was removed after the 1989 Loma-Prieta earthquake which caused a 100ft/30m section from the top deck of the Bay Bridge fall into the lower deck. Thanks to local activist like Patricia Walkup, the park’s namesake, the freeway came down and allowed sunshine into the neighborhood — revitalizing a neighborhood once riddled with crime.

6. Washington Square Park in North Beach/Little Italy

One of the oldest parks in San Francisco is also one of the most confusing. First off, the park isn’t a square (anymore). Since the park was first established we’ve thrown down new roads like Union St and Broadway — which gave the park this very odd shape. Secondly, it’s named after our first President, George Washington. So, naturally, the statue in the center of the park is… Benjamin Franklin. Welcome to San Francisco!

7. The Panhandle in the Haight-Ashbury

If you look at Golden Gate Park on a map, it kind looks like a frying pan. And the skinny little park sticking out of the Eastern end of GGP looks like the handle of the frying pan. That skinny little park is aptly named, The Pandhandle. In the 1967 it helped launch the Summer of Love with something called The Human Be-In. In 2017 it helps launch the munchies, since the Haight-Ashbury is just around the corner!

Cover Photo by Kyle Mills on Unsplash

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